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9/8/15

By JIM RUMBLE

After last year's record-setting season, which landed the Avonworth Antelopes football team in the WPIAL championship game at Heinz Field, fifth-year head coach Duke Johncour remains excited to begin the 2015 season.

"We have to remain healthy and stay the course," said Johncour, whose squad consists of more senior players than any other team he has coached.

Taking command of the offense will be quarterback Zach Chandler, who was leading the WPIAL in passing after the first three games last year when an ankle injury brought his season to a halt.

9/8/15

By MEL PERKINS

Coach T.J. Wiley will lead the Northgate Flames onto the gridiron tonight, when they travel to Stone Field in North Park to face the Trojans from North Catholic in a Black Hills Section match-up. Northgate would like to rebound from the 2014-15 season where they went 2-5 in the section and 4-6 overall.

7/27/15

The thermometer last Saturday was inching toward 80 as the starting time of 8 a.m. approached, and the humidity almost matched, but the 132 participants in the Bellevue YMCA's eighth annual 5-K Walk/Run fund-raiser didn't seem to notice.

They were there for a good time and to support a good cause: fitness programs sponsored by the Y.

5/10/15

BY J.J. IGIMS

In the second of this season's two rivalry games between Northgate and Avonworth, Northgate took the opportunity last Tuesday to honor the seniors of their team, and Avonworth took the opportunity to secure a spot in WPIAL playoffs, making this year's team the first to make AA playoffs in the school's baseball history.

5/2/15

By J.J. IGIMS

Avonworth was hoping that the power of momentum would swing them into the playoffs, and that is just what is happening. The Antelopes defeated Quaker Valley 4-3 in a home game on Wednesday.

The team brought that momentum into the game after pulling out two high-scoring wins that saw them defeating Freedom 17-6 last Friday and Burgettstown 16-5 last Monday.

5/2/15

By JIM RUMBLE

It was the most impressive win for the Northgate baseball team in quite a few years when the Flames hosted Quaker Valley in section play this past Tuesday.

Bouncing back from an 18-2 thrashing by Southside Beaver the day before, Northgate turned in a solid performance to knock off section leader and the previously undefeated Quakers 6-2.

"It was a big win for us," said coach Brandon Hogle.

Pitcher Johnny Camello went the distance to earn the win, allowing eight hits, one walk and striking out four batters.

4/25/15

By J.J. IGIMS

Avonworth and Northgate met on the baseball field last Tuesday to continue the lasting rivalry between the two schools. While Northgate was defeated 7-2, they will have another shot at the Antelopes when they meet up again later in the season.

The pitching for the two teams included Chris O'Malley and Brach Herzig for Avonworth and Xavier Rowsey for Northgate.

Northgate's two runs came early in the first inning with Evan Helbling and Cam Kosak each bringing in a run. The team took the lead early and didn't give it up until the fourth inning.

4/25/15

By JIM RUMBLE

After starting the season with two losses, the Northgate Flames baseball team moved into the win column with a 4-2 section win when they hosted New Brighton this past Monday.

"We had a couple of issues we had to overcome early in the game -- guys that normally don't start had to step up and play today and I'm more than happy with the turn-out," said third year head coach Brandon Hogle.

"Our defense stepped up today, plus we had some key hits," he said.

4/25/15

By Jimmy Knable

Getting faster and crossing the finish line first is all that the Avonworth-Northgate track and field team seems to being doing so far this season.

4/11/15

By J.J. IGIMS

Fans are satisfied with games ending with the 10-run rule, but late-game rallies are even better. Avonworth competed against Freedom last Wednesday and pulled out a 5-4 victory after trailing most of the game.

The team seemed to lose focus as soon as Freedom knocked in three quick runs in the second and then another in the third, but Avonworth was not to be defeated yet. The team turned it around in the fifth inning when four runs scored to tie the game.

4/4/15

By J.J. IGIMS Games have been getting called early for the Avonworth baseball team, but it's not because of the weather.

The team won its first two games this season off of the ruling that ends a game once a 10-run lead has been established. During the sixth inning of the home opener against Quigley, the game ended with the score standing 10-0, and again last Tuesday when the team defeated Fort Cherry 10-0, ending the game in the fifth inning.

4/4/15

By JIM RUMBLE

After a couple of sub-par seasons for the Avonworth softball team, new coach Jenna Muncie will lead a relatively young team this year, but is looking forward to getting things turned around.

"Coming in we've tried to change the culture here a little bit -- we're taking softball more serious now," said Muncie, who was the head coach at Upper St. Clair for the past four years.

The Lady ‘Lopes opened their season this past Tuesday at OLSH and defeated the Chargers 13-3.

"We were driving the ball and that was big," said Muncie.

3/29/15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes baseball season got under way when they hosted Quigley in a non-section game this past Tuesday.

Although the 'Lopes pounded out 12 hits on their way to a 10-0 blanking of the Spartans, coach Phil Coffin didn't seem to be too impressed by his team's play.

"I think we played lackluster today," said Coffin. "It's early in the season -- only our second time outside -- and I think we played much better last week in an exhibition game at Neshannock," he said.

3/23/15

Avonworth High School's girls' bowling team will take its perfect 10-0 season record to state championship competition, with playoffs beginning today in Lancaster. Pictured above, from left are Sarah Svoboda, Hannah Schoeppner, Lauren Schoeppner, Kimmi D'Ottavio, Emily Grambo, Kara Rudzik, Paige Adams, with coach Jeff Schoeppner.

Over the course of the season, the team lost just one game, to Bishop Canevin, and by only four points. While the team was disappointed with that loss, it did not blemish the perfect record, as each match is determined by best-of-three games.

2/28/15

When Darion Trimmer takes to the mat in regional wrestling competition at Canon-McMillan High School this weekend, he'll be relying on 12 years of experience and a level of dedication that only wrestling -- regarded by many as being the toughest nine minutes in sports -- demands.

Darion, a Northgate senior competing in the 132 lb. category, has prevailed through the regular season schedule as well as sectional and WPIAL meets to arrive at the last level before states.

He made it this far last year, as well, but fell short

2/24/15

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

After qualifying for the playoffs for their third straight year and defeating Chartiers Houston last Saturday, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team saw their season come to an end Wednesday night as they failed to overcome a strong and powerful Lincoln Park team, eventually falling 66-41.

Both teams came out slow in the opening minutes of the game, but after Avonworth scored their first basket three minutes into the contest, both teams began to find room for shots, and they were able to open up offensively and take advantage of some opportunities.

2/24/15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team advanced to the first round of the WPIAL playoffslast Saturday, making easy work of opponent Chartiers-Houston in a preliminary round game played at Chartiers Valley High School.

Led by Jamal Hughley, who finished with 19 points, the Antelopes cruised to victory over the Buccaneers 67-46.

"We came out and executed the game plan, recognized their main threats and tried to slow them down," said coach Dan Bradley.

2/24/15

No cheerleaders, no pep rallies, just lots of enthusiasm among members of the Northgate and Avonworth bowling teams, club sports at both schools.

Volunteer coaches Jeff and Julie Schoeppner have worked with the Avonworth team of 13 girls and seven boys for the past four years.

Julie notes with pride, "The girls have not even lost a game, let alone a match, so far this year."

The boys, on the other hand, have yet to win a match.

2/24/15

By TOM STEINER The Avonworth-Northgate wrestling squad may be lacking in numbers, but not in talent, with six wrestlers qualifying for the WPIAL wrestling championships. Qualifiers were determined by where they finished in the sectional tournament held last weekend at Avonworth. They include, in order of weight categories, Mariah Wasko, 113; Ken Azzarella, 126; Darion Trimmer, 132; Anthony Trimmer, 152; Brandon Wasko, 195; and Ka'Dale Coles, 285. For Northgate senior Darion Trimmer, this marks his second consecutive sectional title in the 132 lb. weight class.

2/23/15

By JIM RUMBLE

It was undoubtedly one of their better performances this season when the Avonworth Lady ‘Lopes met the Beth-Center Bulldogs in the preliminary round of the WPIAL playoffs last Friday.

That was until Beth-Center took advantage from the free throw line in the fourth quarter on their way to defeating the 'Lopes 59-45.

"We finally did what we've been telling them all year," said coach Toni Roscoe of her team afterwards.

2/16/15

By MEL PERKINS

Last Friday's match-up between rivals Northgate (6-8, 7-15) and Avonworth (9-5, 12-10) carried no playoff implications because Northgate needed Avonworth to lose to OLSH the prior Tuesday, but the ‘Lopes didn't comply. The Flames, however, never known to back down from a challenge, defended their house until the end, but were unable to overcome the physical battle that was waged inside the paint, succumbing to the playoff bound Lope's 63 - 52.

2/16/15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team closed out section play at North-gate last Thursday.

After leading by 16 points late in the third quarter, the Lady ‘Lopes managed to hold off a late comeback by a determined Flames team to pull out a 48-44 victory.

'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe felt that turn-overs were a major problem and that perhaps the teams' play was less spirited knowing that they have already secured a spot for the WPIAL playoffs.

The Lady ‘Lopes have not lost to the Flames since December 1992.

2/16/15

Northgate senior Darion Trimmer, wrestling at 132 lbs., defeated his Elizabeth Forward opponent with a second-period pin in his final home meet with the Avonworth-Northgate team. Trimmer's win advanced him to 25-7 on the season and qualified him, along with Brandon Wasko (16-15) at 195 and Ka'Dale Coles (25-6) at heavyweight.for post-season competition.

2/7/15

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

The Avonworth Antelopes capped off this season's home campaign with an exciting game against the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers last Tuesday evening. It was senior night, and the team was set to send their seniors off with a victory against their section rivals, and they were able to do just that by getting a hard-fought 57-52 win.